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Imagine two men facing each other, pointing past one another. One is pointing at a tornado that is coming, and the other at a raging fire headed towards them. Each sees their own truth and is angry at the sight of the other’s hand. Each feels that the other’s hand is “wrong.” This may seem silly, but replace the tornado and fire with any modern issues, and the hands with words, and this scene describes how we often try to communicate.

We point past each other with our words, arguing as though we are looking at the same facts and experiences.

We want to prove our words are the right ones, instead of learning to look at what the other’s words are pointing at. Words are seductive, and for all their undeniable usefulness, they also can lead us away from understanding when we focus on them, when we make them more important than the truth they are meant to point at.

Ellie Dawson

Ellie grew up mostly in southern Georgia, except for a time during her early childhood when her father moved the family to a ranch in the outback of central Florida. Her growing up years were spent mostly outdoors exploring nature on horseback, hiking through the piney woods, and searching out the strands and waters of the Gulf coast.

 

A single mother, she spent a great deal of time traveling and camping with her two sons. They camped and fished at beaches and in the mountains of the eastern seaboard. The highlight of their adventures was a cross-country primitive camping odyssey to and within the wilds of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado.

 

As a teacher of high school and college English, she has drawn from both academics and nature to shape a wisdom which inspires her writing. After graduating from high school, she attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, with a two-month study at Universidad de Mexico. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in English and from the University of Virginia with a master’s degree in English education.

 

Her life has been devoted to her career as a teacher of high school and college English and to her family. She is now retired and devotes her time to writing, nature photography, and adventures with her grandchildren and her German shepherd dog. She has a mystical relationship with Nature, informed by life lessons, which weaves itself through her writing.

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When a Son Goes to War, and Beyond.

Ellie Dawson lived with the uncertainty of her son’s safety even before he decided to go to a military college after high school graduation. And she learned firsthand that the parent-child bond remains, even in the absence of the cherished adult child. She also learned how to let go, even in the face of the ultimate loss, the death of her son.
In When a Son Goes to War, and Beyond, she takes the reader on an intimate journey through the spiritual challenges she experienced and the growth she achieved along the way. Walk with her through anguish and triumph to the peace she found through her examination of what it means to truly love.

Ellie Dawson lived with the uncertainty of her son’s safety even before he decided to go to a military college after high school graduation. And she learned firsthand that the parent-child bond remains, even in the absence of the cherished adult child. She also learned how to let go, even in the face of the ultimate loss, the death of her son.

In When a Son Goes to War, and Beyond, she takes the reader on an intimate journey through the spiritual challenges she experienced and the growth she achieved along the way. Walk with her through anguish and triumph to the peace she found through her examination of what it means to truly love.

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